Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Strange facts-Maho beach adjacent to airport

Maho Beach is located on the coast of St. Maarten in the Netherlands Antilles. This beach is well known for its close location to the airport.

Maho Beach is on the Dutch side of the Caribbean island of Saint Martin. It is adjacent to Princess Juliana International Airport adjacent. Arriving aircraft must touch down as close as possible to the beginning of runway 10 due to the short runway length of 2,180 metres/7,152 ft, resulting in aircraft on their final approach flying over the beach at minimal altitude.

strange-facts-maho-beach6Due to the unique proximity of low flying airliners, the location is very popular with plane spotters. This is one of the few places in the world where aircraft can be viewed in their flightpath just outside the end of the runway. Watching airliners pass over the beach is such a popular activity that daily arrivals and departures airline timetables are displayed on a board in most bars and restaurants on the beach, and the Sunset Beach Bar and Grill has a speaker on its outside deck that broadcasts the radio transmissions between pilots and the airport's control tower.
strange-facts-maho-beach4There is a risk of people standing on the beach being blown into the water because of the jet blast from aircraft taking off from runway 10. The local government issues warnings to the beach visitors in this regard. An additional fence has been erected behind the runway to prevent irresponsible tourists from hanging on to the main fence surrounding the runway.



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